Otahkian Gymnastics Improves to 9-2 on the Season
Feb. 21, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team improved its record to 9-2 this afternoon with a strong 194.075 - 189.600 defeat of Wisconsin - La Crosse. The Otahks swept the Eagles in all four events and senior Ashley Godwin and sophomore Tara Boldt took first and second, respectively, in the all-around. The win makes Southeast a perfect 4-0 in Houck Field House this year, with a chance to make it a flawless 5-0 home campaign, as they host Illinois State next Sunday, Feb. 29, for their final home meet of the year.
Against Wisconsin - La Crosse, Southeast started out strong on vault. Sophomore Amanda Grimes started the Otahks on the right foot, scoring a 9.650.
"Amanda has been starting us off on vault all year long," said head coach Tom Farden. "She has really done a great job for us."
Grimes finished in a tie with Boldt to take third in vault. Godwin placed second with a 9.725 and junior Katie Bloom continued her success on vault by winning the event with a 9.750.
Southeast placed the top five finishers in bars, as Godwin won the event just one week after tying the school record in the event. Godwin scored a 9.850 to take first, while Bloom placed second and Boldt third. The team score of 48.750 was the ninth-best in school history.
"Although we had one fall on bars, I still felt we had a lot of great performances. It was good enough for a Top 10 school performance," Farden said.
The Otahks struggled on the third rotation, as they struggled on what is normally one of their top events.
"Today beam had a bit of a hiccup." Farden said. "this beam team has been ranking in the Top 35 in the nation week after week. I'm sure that coach Degenhardt will have them back on track soon."
Southeast still managed to place the top three performers in the event. Junior Crystal Eberhardt got things going for Southeast.
"I was really impressed with Crystal's performance. She started the series of three really great routines." Farden said.
Eberhardt scored a 9.800, and was followed by Godwin and Boldt who each scored a 9.900-the fifth-best score in school history.
To close out the meet, Southeast, dominated the floor event. Godwin followed last week's perfect 10.0 performance with another first-place finish. She earned a 9.875, followed by Boldt with a 9.825. Senior Jacklynn Doebbler and junior Alexis Traylor tied for third with scores of 9.725.
Godwin put herself in the record books once again as she had the fifth-highest all-around score in school history. Her 39.350 gave her first, while teammate Boldt had a strong score as well with a 39.125.
Southeast will host its final home meet of the year, Senior Day, next Sunday, Feb. 29, at 1 p.m. at Houck Field House.
"It was great to have all the support at our meet today." Farden said. "I am hoping that a lot of fans make it out next Sunday at 1:00 for Jacklyn Doebbler, Ashley Godwin and Traci Flippo's last home meet."